NEWNAN, GEORGIA – With the trial only two days away, the attorney’s suggestion was politically correct and sound legal advice, but the mother of the son facing trial was terrified the advice likely would nullify the miracle she was praying for and send her son to jail for 30
Jackie Carpenter, whose son Jason was on trial after being framed for felony murder, had prayed for a miracle since the arrest but two days before the trial was asked by her son’s attorney not to bring her Bible
“The attorney was afraid a non-believing juror member might be offended, hold it against Jason, and vote to send him to prison for 30 years,”
says Carpenter. “But I had trusted God for a miracle all those months since the arrest and had to decide then whether I would take God with me to the court-room or leave Him at home. I decided to take my Bible with me and that’s when God decided to show up and deliver a miracle in the court-room.” It took 10 months of building up her faith to become strong enough to choose between offending a juror or offending God, says Carpenter, author of Georgia Justice: Journey to Faith (ISBN OOOOOOO, 2010, Xulon Press www.xulonpress.com, $00.00, XX pages).
Carpenter’s youngest son, Jason Veitch, is a contractor who was building eight homes in a new subdivision and was losing thousands of dollars to copper theft. Following the advice of a police deputy, Jason stood guard one night at a home under construction. When encountering three intruders, his shotgun accidently fired and killed a man. Subsequently some shady actions by the police deputy led to trumped up charges of felony murder. Carpenter told the story of how the false charge crushed her family in dramatic fashion in her first book, The Bridge: Between Cell Block A and a Miracle is Psalm 91 (ISBN 9781615796847, 2010 Xulon Press www.xulonpress.com, 118 pages, $19.99 hardcover). The author’s first book goes into detail about the tragedy, the trial, and the triumph when God showed up in the courtroom and performed a miracle.
Georgia Justice is a story of faith-building – a how to story of what it takes to escape from doubt, depression, and torment to faith, hope, and victory. “This is the story of a mother’s terror when out of nowhere her son is charged with felony murder,” says Carpenter, “Georgia Justice is a journal of Satan attacking me daily, creating doubt, terror, and depression leading to horrible nightmares and daymares. Only in my prayer closet could I find peace and escape from fear.”
Commenting on her depression, Carpenter says: “W hat good is a depressed Christian for the Army of the Lord? Depressed Christians do not even want to get out of the bed and face the day, let alone be an encouragement to the lost without Christ. It is not God’s plan for His people to suffer affliction from Satan. It is our choice.” Carpenter said her first book, The Bridge, is a story of tragedy and how an entire family struggled until God delivered a miracle but her second book, Georgia Justice, is a journal of what to do when tragedy strikes
and how to get through the dark days that follow to bring about a positive ending.
After the acquittal Jason returned to working fulltime as a contractor and as a part-time minister in his brother Jim’s church. Jackie has returned to her job as office manager of an MRI company but also finds time to share her journey from a cellblock to a miracle.
About the Author
A native of Georgia, author Jackie Carpenter is office manager for husband Larry’s medical imaging company, a church organist, assistant Sunday School teacher, social director of a senior adult Bible Class, wife, mother and grandmother. She knows God inspired her to write Georgia Justice and The Bridge and followed His leading throughout the writing process. “I am God’s Secretary. He dictated and I typed” Jackie says of both George Justice and The Bridge. The author appears regularly as a speaker at ladies retreats and Christian conferences.
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